Books: When Hope Is the Enemy

Words to Outlive Us offers moving and chilling eyewitness testimony from the Warsaw ghetto

The real struggle in the world may be not between good and evil but rather between hope and evil. Hope seems more active and creative than the somewhat nebulous good. Hope aspires; good has arrived. Good, like God, lives outside time; hope keeps people alive, moving forward, inside time. As long as hope remains healthy, it is a match for evil; about good, no one can be so sure.

But in the Warsaw ghetto, German evil learned to manipulate Jewish hope and turn it into a Nazi tool of management. It was hope--the faintest, most tantalizing, vanishing glimmers of it--that...

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